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total restoration project will cost and how- it will take. they are and how long it will take. they are just assessing at this stage of the damage. this morning the queen has paid this tribute — "my thoughts and prayers you're watching bbc newsroom live. it's ham and these are the main are with those who worship stories this morning. at the cathedral and all of france daylight reveals the extent of at this difficult time. the damage at notre dame cathedral the archbishop of canterburyjustin after it was engulfed welby also tweeted last night, by a massive fire. it took nearly 15 hours he said tonight we pray to extinguish the flames, which destroyed the spire and roof for the firefighters tackling the tragic of the 850—year—old building. and for everyone in france and beyond who watches pictures from inside, and weeps for this beautiful, sacred place where millions have met as the flames took hold, show with jesus christ. the extent of the task still ahead. nous sommes avec vous. in november 1940, it's feared some of the cathedral‘s coventry cathedral burned. priceless stained glass it was rebuilt to the glory of god windows have not survived. and stands today a symbol of hope and resurrection. may #notredame also rise again as efforts continue to rescue in the power of god. the treasures, hundreds of millions political and religious leaders of euros are pledged around the world have also to help rebuild. given their response translation: we were able to the events in paris. to build this cathedral more than 800 years ago. german chancellor — angela merkel — said: i am deeply saddened to follow so i say to you very solemnly, we will rebuild this the events in paris and see the horrible images cathedral altogether. of notre dame in flames. notre dame is a symbol of france and our european culture.
here theresa may people sing. tweeted: my thoughts are with the people of france tonight and with the emergency hello this is bbc newsroom live thousands of parisians services who are fighting with joanna gosling. the headlines: gathered in the streets, the terrible blaze at notre dame cathedral. daylight reveals the extent of singing hymns and praying, president trump gave this response: so horrible the damage at notre dame cathedral as the symbol of their city burned. to watch the massive fire after it was engulfed by a massive fire. at notre dame cathedral in paris. authorities say it appears to have god bless the people of france! been an accident, not arson. it took nearly 15 hours his predecessor — to extinguish the flames, barack obama — said: notre dame which destroyed the spire is one of the world's and two—thirds of the roof, great treasures. it's in our nature to mourn of the historic building when we see history lost — pictures from inside as the flames but it's also in our nature good morning. to rebuild for tomorrow, took hold show the extent welcome to bbc newsroom live. as strong as we can. of the task still ahead. a statement from the vatican said: we express our closeness to the french catholics teams of investigators in paris and the population of paris, it's feared some of the cathedral‘s are trying to assess and assure you of our prayers priceless stained glass the damage to notre dame for the firefighters. after a fire devastated and officials here windows have not survived. the medieval cathedral. at westminster abbey as efforts continue to rescue the spire and roof of the — tweeted: devastated the treasures, hundreds of millions for our friends at notre dame of euros are pledged cathedral, one of the world's great and for the people of france. religious landmarks, you are in our thoughts have been destroyed, but the main structure, to help rebuild. including the two bell towers, and prayers tonight. has been saved. translation: we were able no one was injured in the blaze to build this cathedral firefighters fought the blaze for 15 hours through the night before apart from one firefighter. 500 so i say to you very solemnly, it was brought under control. firefighters were involved in that we will rebuild this cathedral altogether. notre dame sits in the extraordinary response to that fire. very heart of paris, one firefighter has been injured. on the ile de la cite, an island in the middle of the river seine. hugh schofield spoke to the british
president macron has promised ambassador to france and asked for a global effort to rebuild the cathedral and hundreds singing. thousands of parisians gathered of millions of euros have already his reaction to whatjust happened. in the streets as the symbol been pledged. of their city burned. i very much echo what robin said here, the queen says she's deeply just then. last night it looked like saddened by the fire. our correspondent hugh a complete catastrophe. there was a schofield is in paris. moment when it looked like the north good morning from paris, on the belfry might be going to collapse but thanks to the heroism of the quayside of the river, adjacent to firefighters last night, the main the cathedral. we are looking at the structure of the building has well, the fire was burning for 15 survived on this morning there is a sense of hope and determination i hours and all. the place is now blackened remains of notre dame think to rebuild, so she is there, cathedral. i say remains that the com pletely magnificent, majestic, defiant, and point is hope. last night we saw an hours and all. the place is now completely extinguished. the going to be rebuilt. how did you live for the moment last night? when inferno. i was on the other side of assessment of what exactly has been did you first hear about what lost will ta ke assessment of what exactly has been lost will take some time. the cathedral and watched as the happened? i was at the embassy roof went up in a cauldron of authorities believe hosting a reception for british it was an accident, not arson. citizens when i heard the news of the spire and much of the roof of the medieval cathedral the fire and followed it very boiling fire and there was a real collapsed during the fire, fear then that we had lost this closely. i went on to the street but the main structure was saved and emergency teams managed building. this morning, we woke up to rescue valuable artwork and religious items. and, happily, there is a new mood away from the cathedral and all i could see was the darkness which was for have been coming down here to the banks of the river seine because itself very evocative because they needed to look for themselves normally the cathedral are so beautifully lit up. i went down and they have seen and the cathedral there this morning to see for myself
are still there. the damage is 42 acres worth of wood went into the there this morning to see for myself terrible. it was devastating, but the situation and there are many, the main part of the building, the many people here today. i havejust roof. that would was sourced from gothic gem, notre dame cathedral, come from the palace where i medieval forests. it has has survived. first of all, let's delivered a message to president roof. that would was sourced from medievalforests. it has been said there aren't even trees big enough have a look at this piece of video macron from her majesty the queen not to replace the beams. and a message from the prince of from mark labelle at last nights mercifully, that is the spire that wales expressing their sympathy. went down last night. as the fire what did they say? it's a private events. message but obviously expressing burned. mercifully, the main structure is intact. the main their sympathy for what has happened just as tourists were leaving to this symbol of france and also a the 855—year—old cathedral, structure is intact. the main a fire took hold of france's most visited monument. smoke was seen atjust greater symbol indeed for europe. it structure remains most of the before 7pm, paris time. the blaze intensified. means something to all of us and to a rtefa ct structure remains most of the artefact inside we understand suddenly the skyline drastically so many people at home in britain. resulted through the night some of changed for all to see. notre dame's roof and spire destroyed. an equivalent would be westminster oh, no. and so much more. abbey. absolutely right macron in st paul's cathedral and i think some of around 500 firefighters the images coming out of the rushed to the scene. the a rtefa cts one now seriously injured. resulted through the night some of the artefacts inside include the cathedral last night evoked those crown of thorns that is said to have images of st paul's in a different been worn at the crucifixion, and the cause of the fire is still being investigated situation, but standing defiant in but the damage goes much deeper. also a piece of the cross and the the flames. that's britain's a beating heart for catholicism, nail. it is thought they had been the building itself a survivor taken away safely. the two towers,
of so many religious wars, and a home for priceless ambassador to france, ed llewellyn. holy relics too. these are some of the individuals involved in assessing the damage now wrapped up in french gothic this morning. the fire completely remain intact. whether there has architecture, the site of napoleon's coronation. a living museum some been damage to the belt inside we extinguished. you can see somebody don't know but they are thought to be ok. it is not the first time an thought had died. ona extinguished. you can see somebody on a balcony looking upwards. we iconic place of worship has been translation: i studied history have been told by the paris and it was very important for me damaged in europe. in 1984 york to come and see her, prosecutor, there are 50 people maybe for one last time before working on a long and complex probe she was no longer there. into what caused the fire and many minster had a serious fire. more than a hundred firefighters tackled people working at the scene, as translation: there are hundreds the blaze. we can go night to talk well, involved in the operation to of people who died to build this cathedral and in here is their memory too. tojohn david, the blaze. we can go night to talk it hurts to see that. extinguish the fire and to salvage to john david, a the blaze. we can go night to talk tojohn david, a master stonemason at york minster. what they could from inside the building. it does sound like they translation: it is very sad, have managed to salvage most of the it is one of the great monuments of france. treasures and significantly we were damage too to the sharing from the culture secretary mediaeval acoustics. who was saying that the stained what were you thinking when you saw onlookers found solace in hymns. glass windows, the famous iconic crowd singing hymn. notre dame cathedral burned. hi, can stained glass windows that date back you hear me? hello? hi, you've got reassurance came from 800 years, are intact, but there may the french president. be some damage but they have largely translation: we will rebuild this us. i wondered what you were
escaped unscathed. let us talk to cathedral, altogether, thinking as she watched notre dame cathedral burn. i felt really someone who has experience of a and it is undoubtedly part of the french destiny. much was already needed to pay devastating fire in the aftermath concerned last night. and trying to restore what has been for restoration works, now an international fundraising lost. liz davidson is a senior campaign has been launched, manager at the glasgow school of and some better news arts, leading the efforts to restore from the paris fire brigade, the art school after two fires declaring notre dame's structure the problem was there, the preserved in its totality, devastated their building. what did though admitting a great battle you think as you saw this happening accessibility to get water to the fire. at york minster many years ago to save art lay ahead. at notre dame? deja vu was a parts of france are measured we we re fire. at york minster many years ago we were able to collapse the roof from its distance to this grand monument, for now, horrible word but actually that was down to the floor, so the rest of many are drawn closer to it one of them and i have to say that than ever before by one shocking the building wasn't threatened in fire that took everyone by surprise. we stand very much with the people mark lobel, bbc news. the building wasn't threatened in the end. the problem with notre of the citizens of france and paris dame, the reason the whole roof went on this. just to express our own, up dame, the reason the whole roof went up was the fire spread then it was so difficult to get any hosepipes from the school itself and the staff onto the flames. the wood has gone, and students, we share their pain at a lot of questions of course still the moment because this is a terrible loss of a beautiful the stone structure looks to be to be answered about last nights building but then, not a loss as we com pletely the stone structure looks to be completely intact. is that what you inferno. above all, how did it see it, a very strong building, and would expect? yes. these buildings happen? one piece of news we've had it seems to have come through that dreadful 24 hours as indeed our own in the last ten minutes or so is the are huge, massive. the stone building did which was also saved. paris prosecutors office, which
structure should be ok. the concern yesterday opened an investigation, it takes a long time to see that but an open ended investigation as to the cause of the fire, is repeating it stood up to a terrible beating but it looks like you're still there when the flames are going into the today that as far as it is concerned today which is great.” north—west tower, but we understand for now, there is no sign this was but it looks like you're still there today which is great. i spoke that they contain those in the early anything other than an accident. how earlier to the chief architect of hours of the morning. what concerns historic monuments of paris, who that accident happened, whether it me now is the damage to the stone was caused by men working on the obviously has a huge job overseeing these sorts of monuments and was vault inside. part of it is still scaffolding, or whether it was an also actively involved through the intact, i believe. that can be electrical fault scaffolding, or whether it was an electricalfault inside scaffolding, or whether it was an electrical fault inside the roof night trying to take away some of structure, we just don't know but the relics from inside and he said for now, there is no evidence this through the night he has been saved. i think most people, was anything other than an accident. crying, he has been so deeply including myself as a craftsman, another question which i have not affected, and devastated by what has just hope that work and get on with seen properly answered yet is what happened. these are buildings, but is the extent of the damage inside? it. check it structurally. but there very few people have been allowed so important and obviously for is no doubt that the building can be inside the cathedral. we saw the people like you and him, who are restored to its former glory. the roof collapsed into the building so closely involved, it is a job that potentially, you know, there could be an awful lot of damage inside. expertise you have is very it is very personal. i think that's specialised. might you get involved one of the few people who has been very true. we have been through what in going to notre dame for the inside is the daily mailjournalist robert hardman. has been described actually by restoration? if requested we can it could be a lot worse. a lwa ys restoration? if requested we can always go give a bit of advice, but people is almost the stages of when i arrived in paris in the middle of yesterday people grief. its incredulity, ithink were talking about a catastrophe. people is almost the stages of grief. its incredulity, i think a lot of people at the moment will france have huge amounts of still be standing on the banks of the river seine and watching the it wasn't so much coming
to look at a fire. footage you are broadcasting and not knowledge of the craftsmanship there were coming to pay believing what they are seeing and involved. what is great in this their last respects. and then about midnight, the flames then you get into almost not country is that we have made your started to get under control. accepting it. it's too surreal. and cathedrals with their own workforces i managed to get inside about 1am. who do this all the time. i think then anger and then acceptance. there are stages you go through with for france, what a wonderful a building. it seems bizarre, but training opportunity it will be to these places talked about really training opportunity it will be to train craftsmen to put the glory accompanying a small party matter to people where they've been back into paris. thank you very much with the french prime minister. it was amazing to be in there. married, where they studied, went to for joining obviously there were embers crashing back into paris. thank you very much down from the ceiling. school, graduated from, and you there was an inch of water. forjoining us. there was terrible damage formed deep attachments to beautiful but what was very clear buildings. i don't think that was that the two towers, happens if it is a less important it's not known how long they were there, they were standing, the cathedral will remain closed they were standing strong. and less well—built, less creative as the mayor was saying just for and the true damage place, but the notre dame cathedral now, that is incredibly to the interior, but on the line important for people. the mood has changed from one i have victor aghulon from paris, of deep despair last who created a virtual reality night to one of sadness, is incredible, iconic, beautiful, version of the inside just and one of those things that a few months ago. physically you feel the loss of that but also optimism this morning. building. we are looking at pictures of notre dame. i'm not sure whether tell us why you did that. we are we have pictures of the glasgow well, i'm very happy to bejoined school of art. that is a question to here now in front of notre dame cathedral by the british ambassador the team. we haven't, unfortunately. virtual reality media. we want to... to paris, ed llewellyn. thank you very much indeed for talking to us we remember that fire. describe for us the devastation caused and then today. and on this day, after this wa nt to virtual reality media. we want to... want to make these images available
what you are contemplating in terms cataclysmic fire, we saw last night, of how to replace what was lost.” what are your feelings this morning to everybody. because we are based when you look and see it are still in paris, we wanted to do notre dame think very similar again, the work standing? i very much echo what of the firefighters in paris last robert said just then, last night it night and share with us twice in cathedral. the idea went back to last may. we shop for three whole looked like a complete catastrophe. glasgow, they are heroes. in both there was a moment when it looked days at the cathedral in virtual cases, they have gone in, saved the reality and we just released a like the north belfry might collapse, but thanks to the heroism structure and managed to save documentary a month ago. i think a rtefa cts this is the last virtual reality and it really was heroism of the structure and managed to save artefacts both in the case of the firefighters last night, the main macintosh back in 2014, the experience at notre dame before the structure of the building has furniture, all sorts of wonderful survived and this morning there is pieces of the building, and they did this sense of hope and determination i think to rebuild, so she is there, go beyond and clearly that's what fire. it means that people can see happened over in paris as well. so it as it was. might also be helpful magnificent, majestic, defiantand the first thing that you see after going to be rebuilt. how did you the first thing that you see after the fire and sometimes it takes days in terms of the restoration project? live through the moments last night? for those to cool down, is that you yeah, that is exactly what we are when did you first hear about what is happening? at the embassy hosting are looking at what you think is looking at now. it is early to know perhaps a ruin. already we are a reception when i heard of news of seeing notre dame, clearly, it is a exactly how our project could be stone building, with buttresses and the fire and i followed very closely helpful. we want to keep this andi building open to everyone, so the the fire and i followed very closely and i followed it vaults, etc, and it's an incredibly the fire and i followed very closely and ifollowed it some the fire and i followed very closely and i followed it some way away from experience is still accessible to the cathedral. all i could see was strong piece of masonry and the roof eve ryo ne experience is still accessible to everyone on the internets. that is is gone up, the timber which is the cathedral. all i could see was the darkness, which was itself a lost, so the very first thing you very evocative because normally the the value of virtual reality, look at is just how much that cathedral is so beautifully lit up. putting people where they camped structure has been affected by the
i went down there this morning to see for myself the situation and, as extremes structure has been affected by the extre m es of structure has been affected by the cool putting people where they camped cool. for the renovation, extremes of the heat. what do you putting people where they camped cool. forthe renovation, it putting people where they camped cool. for the renovation, it could be useful for the architects or may you see, there are many, many people be useful for the architects or may think now when you look at the be useful for the architects or may be useful to raise funds. we are still not sure how it can be used here today. i havejust you see, there are many, many people restoration work which has been done here today. i have just come you see, there are many, many people here today. i havejust come in you see, there are many, many people here today. i have just come in fact but if there is any way we can from the palace where i have where you are because it's going to delivered a message to president be the same questions obviously contribute to the rebuilding of the which will be faced in paris, which macron from her majesty the queen and a message from the prince of is you cannot get it back. these are cathedral, we definitely will. ancient things and they are lost. wales, spell, expressing sympathy. what did they say? a private message donations are coming in. just three but they can be rebuilt, and obviously then it becomes a fleet of individuals have pledged nearly 400 but obviously expressing their sympathy for what the queen and the million euros in total. millions and modern craftsmanship, which can be to milk —— millions and millions of prince of wales magpie sympathy for admired. it is going to be too soon people go to visit notre dame what has happened to the symbol for france to think that far forward france and also a greater symbol cathedral and they would not have i'm sure, but the craftsmanship seen it in the detail that you have within paris and france as a country indeed for europe. it means something to all of us and to so is wonderful you see it all the time seen it in the detail that you have many people at home. an equivalent seen it in the. where there are things that surprised you? what in the buildings they do and the uk would be westminster abbey. mag has similar craftspeople which came lea pt things that surprised you? what leapt out in particular about the orange at st paul's cathedral. some very special elements of that place to the macintosh project and places and what was in there? the stunning of the images coming out of the like york minster and camden has cathedral last night for me about donein like york minster and camden has done in guildford which had a fire those images of st paul's, in a recently. the skills are still thing, i have been saying notre dame different situation, but standing defiant in the flames. a lot of there. the silver lining is the cathedral since it was a child as they come from paris, but we have people are still there and five they come from paris, but we have focus and attention will now focus the chance to grow up to the towers,
generations before someone did this on rebuilding. already we are to the rooftops, all the places that talking about it. almost already work, that work is still absolutely are usually close to the public. the building look so different from there is a feeling of hope and repeatable, even the materials, and i will tell you one thing from the there. it was stunning. i think defiance and determination. there is wonderful stone masonry we had in of course a call for international our project, he used to tell me off help. the state and i'm going to pay very badly when i took people into there. it was stunning. i think there is an historic value to this, the nearly completed library, the for a monumental task but what can main casualty of the first fire, and it isa there is an historic value to this, britain offer? there immense it is a global heritage that we had expertise here in france and the i would so you can see where the new to preserve in virtual reality. that cathedral was built here all those stone is, and we put the new stone isa to preserve in virtual reality. that is a very special feeling, as a centuries ago. but i'm sure we stand in and he would yell at me, there is no such thing as new stone, its french person, but also as a ready to do whatever we can to help. millions of years old. it's the european. so many people are coming hands of a new craftspeople which i spoke to the culture secretary together to offer solidarity, to this morning, for example, there will craft that. my to get involved? offer expertise, to offer money. as could be some expertise from i think we would be happy to help historic england we could offer. a french person, how does that feel? andi i think we would be happy to help and i think we will be writing to we've had sadly our own fires at the ministry of culture and saying we definitely want to contribute. we york minster and indeed windsor these are the things we did and there was a lot of digital think we have the tools and the castle. thank you very much indeed. innovative work done at the back of footage to contribute so we will be a caralarm reaching out to the cathedral church castle. thank you very much indeed. a car alarm was going off. i will this fire with drone flights and digital scanning and laser scanning in the coming days to see if we can i'iow a car alarm was going off. i will now return you to the studio. from a put in place probably within 48 paris where i think we can safely say the mood has changed from one of hours. incredibly important work as do something to help them raise more we look at it now because we needed funds, or to make the cathedral
despair and deep, deep sadness last to monitor the building and make accessible when it is closed. it sure things will continue to fall feels very personal. we will off the building and we know where night to defiance and a they came from and where they would determination that this magnificent go back to etc, some a new building, which was so terribly contribute. we think we have good technology would come on stream over damaged last night, will sometime time which we would be very happy to material to do it, so we will soon, maybe not that soon, but sometimes soon be restored to its share and send details so they can definitely put into work to the former glory. come and visit the mackintosh cathedral. thank you very much building with our pleasure as soon as they want. they have a lot on studio: thank you very much. i'm indeed. just to say, the pope has speaking to an archaeologist earlier their hands at the moment. thank you been tweeting in the last few who said that based on what he can very much forjoining us. last night minutes then we unite in prayer with the people of france as we wait for see of the damage at the moment, and the people of france as we wait for obviously nobody knows, there hasn't the sorrow inflicted by the serious blaze shocked paris and everyone been a full assessment, but he was speculating it may even be able to else who was watching what happened. damage to be transformed into hoop be the case that it is put right thousands of ordinary people took to with reconstruction. holy mary, our the streets as the cathedral burned within 2—3 years, because what has lady, pray for us. been destroyed is the wooden and many stood together singing a little earlier i spoke to pierre—antoine gatier, hymns as they watch the flames. one of the chief architects of the historic monuments structure inside the roof. it was service in paris. he worked with teams throughout the night to preserve people sing. as much as they could. made from 1300 trees, called the forest. 52 acres of wood inside that building went up in flames last i don't know if i am exhausted, but night. but the stone structure iam i don't know if i am exhausted, but i am devastated. it is such a loss. remains, so it is going to be a case of reconstructing the wooden i don't think we would ever expected
structure and that is going to be, something like this could happen he was saying, a relatively, with notre dame, so we were all relatively simple thing to do in the scheme of things when you think totally devastated, but we are very about what could potentially have moved by all the sympathy, by all happened there because obviously when that fire was ablaze last those messages we are receiving, so night, it looked absolutely catastrophic and at that stage wasn't clear what the damage would thank you to all of you. what has be. it's also thought this morning, you can see in those images, one of the stained glass windows in the top gone? obviously, it appears that all of the building, the north rose window is the most significant one the upper part of the building, that people have been looking to to i spoke to the french journalist who which means the woodwork, the timber see whether that has survived because that one dates back to the spoke about what the cathedral framework, has disappeared. so, its 13th century. it has survived until represents to the french. it is a 110w 13th century. it has survived until now and it is thought looking at the place where so much of french pictures this morning it is largely history has happened. our high intact. there may be some damage to points, low points, so much has medieval structure and also the 19th that window but it seems to be happened and it stood there for so because there's been people, the largely intact and so many artefacts inside this building, amongst them, century would spa that was built at eiffel tower, the great french symbol, has not been there for that the centre of the roof. so, the long. it's been just crown of thorns are said to have been worn byjesus ijust couldn't symbol, has not been there for that long. it's beenjust over 100 years, selection. it is thought that is really. whereas notre dame has been woodwork has totally disappeared and there for so long. as was mentioned in early interviews, it goes beyond also the roofing materials, which
save “— selection. it is thought that is save —— at his crucifixion. also a religion, or you don't have to be we re also the roofing materials, which piece of the cross and a nail were the original material, the christian to see it as a really deeply important place and i think repeatedly from the cross of the lads, which is very frequently used crucifixion and they are also that last night felt very personal thought to have been taken away and for french people as a result. for cathedrals and it has also spared. what the damage might be to that last night felt very personal for french people as a resultm that last night felt very personal for french people as a result. it is visited by huge numbers of tourists. disappeared. what about the stained the organ is unclear. 8000 pipes in is it too early to estimate how long the work is going to take? how long glass windows? so, ithink that organ. and the bell tower, as it will be closed? and what the disappeared. what about the stained glass windows? so, i think we have costs might be? i have no idea to be well, that is thought to be ok. some com pletely costs might be? i have no idea to be completely honest but i do know a few years ago my understanding is to be control and analyse this, but of the firefighters inside there, that part of the reason why some it seems that this morning we have restoration is not made to notre their heroic actions, seeing the fire brought under control in around dame was because they did not want to close it down because they thought they might lose tourism from quite a positive understanding of 15 hours. 500 firefighters were that, so i think at the moment they involved and right now 50 people are will take as long as needed because the situation regarding the stained working on what has been described asa clearly that was a warning it needs working on what has been described as a long and complex probe into to happen regardless of its impact what caused the fire. this is the scene this morning. when you look at on tourism. so probably quite a long glasses, mainly the 13th century it from this angle, if you ignore timei on tourism. so probably quite a long time i would imagine. will stained glass from the south rules, the fact obviously the emergency which is quite famous. but now it is politicians be united around this? services are there, the building looks as it ever did but when you absolutely. they are completely a long process to control and looks as it ever did but when you look up to the skies, and the roof, united. since last night, people had it is absolutely clear what the already started campaigning for the damage is. there you go. you can see analyse how it is exactly. so you're
saying superficially it looks 0k, 2020 mayoral election and they have but you will have to get up close there the scaffolding is already come together to just talk about the and see if there are cracks? there the scaffolding is already there because there was a great tragedy. i think it is the one restoration project already under exactly, exactly. and the artefacts way. some of the building was in a thing if anything which will unite pretty bad state of repair and french people in politics and the inside, did they manage to take there's already a multi—million country for a long time. president everything away? so, the situation pound restoration programme under way and it's thought that that is macron was due to give an address and he postponed that in order to go is the woodwork is burnt and the what triggered this fire. still straight to the cathedral and speak. unclear what exactly was the trigger of the fire but the paris prosecutor he did, actually. he was meant to give a televised address to the major beam has collapsed over the says there is no sign the fire was caused on purpose. and an accident vaults. the main spire collapsed and nation about the greater concerns is still being favoured as the cause it went through the stone vaulting, of the fire but that is something of and was meant to mark phase two of course which will take some time to his presidency. that got completely so it means that we are facing cancelled. we are not sure if it destruction on the upper part of the building, but also the inside. ascertain. will get shown again. but we are not clear when that will happen. we will obviously, we have to go through all keep you updated with the very latest developments. time now for a so, 50 people working on what's being called a ‘long and complex' look at the weather. investigation into what caused today a lot of cloud around today. the chapels, all the aisles and the fire, which broke out while the cathedral was already for some of us a bit of rain too. a control in which position are all undergoing restoration work. now, as paris tries to look ahead to the eventual rebuilding of notre dame, wea k for some of us a bit of rain too. a weak weather front straddling the architects and historians
are already assessing uk. this is going nowhere fast. so those pictures and paintings and so the scale of the project. ramzan karmali has been looking at the challenges they face. on. you are the chief architect of as the flames begin to subside, slowly brightening up towards the parisians may be daunted by the huge south—west of england, southern task of restoring this wales and northern ireland. away historic monuments in paris. this much loved monument. for over 850 years, this from the weather front, eastern place must stand in the category of gothic structure has stood in the french capital. areas of england, bright, a few hazy but not unscathed. its own and what is there is newsreel: france has no other spells of sunshine breaking through cathedral like notre dame. but if you are trapped underneath irreplaceable. it can be notre dame has witnessed some it, it will be with you for much of reconstructed, but it can never be of the biggest moments in history. obviously fully restored. this is it's survived wars, a revolution, the day with rain turning heavier the pope even crowned for a time napoleon emperor here. but it's also been neglected the day with rain turning heavier fora time in the day with rain turning heavier for a time in western scotland. and rebuilt and attacked and damaged overnight tonight, the rain gradually fizzles out but still some many times in the past. more damp weather left over for probably the major philosophical and yet survived. western scotland. elsewhere, a lot it's a cathedral built to impress. issue, will be repair notre dame of cloud, mist and fog patches imposing stonework. expected particularly over the hills stunning stained glass windows. and that take us into wednesday cathedral, will be try to recreate many of the 30,000 daily visitors morning. a great start for a number of places but the cloud, mist and may have climbed the 387 steps of the imposing towers. fog will lift and we will see some exactly how it was before the fire, both survived. sunshine breaking through fairly widely and the sunshine making all but the 96 metres tall the difference to how the weather so or at 13th and 19th century spire, itself restored feels. 15 celsius in edinburgh. as in the 19th century, did not. structures. do we have to face it high as 19 in the sunshine in the capital. it will feel much, much with contemporary techniques? that will be the debates that we will restoring this building will be warmer tomorrow afternoon. that's a painstaking task and will be start to develop right now. do you dependent on a small number the latest weather. of highly skilled workers. have a favoured option at this
but notre dame isn'tjust an important architectural building stage? thank you for asking me the and religious centre. it means so much more to people question, but it has to be a global from the world of music. this is our building, worldwide. so those of us who are in the field decision made by the french minister of culture. probably today we can of music are heartbroken. this has to do, as well, say that it has such a symbolic with those of us who are organists, because since the 15th century value that probably there would be a there have been great organs in the cathedral. to get it back to its former medieval glory will undoubtedly cost millions. movement to sustain recreate and president macron has called thatis on the world to help contribute. movement to sustain recreate and that is very close to its original one of france's wealthiest businessmen, francois—henri pinault, has already pledged $113 million features, i guess. there was a to the restoration. restoration project under way and a hopeful start to bringing this there has been a lot said about the iconic building back to its previous impressive stature. state of disrepair of the building. ramzan karmali, bbc news. controversy over funding, the desire not to close the building to the public. do you feel any anger about the donation has already been topped those issues? i mean, i'm not sure by france's wealthiest businessman
who has said he will donate 200 that i totally understood your million euros to the restoration fund, which is going to obviously ta ke fund, which is going to obviously take a lot of time and expertise as question. a large cathedral, it could be in great britain or in they try to recreate what has been france, it is always under repair. lost there in that fire. in terms of the history of that building, which these are stuck —— such large stood for 850 years, it's been structures that they have to be described as a living museum. maintained every day. notre dame napoleon was culminated there in cathedral has to be repaired, it is 1804, napoleon was culminated there in 180a, henry vi, king of england, crowned in 1431, 1804, henry vi, king of england, crowned in 1431, and charles i an historical building, it is a place for worship and it has to be married at notre dame cathedral, just some of the moments of history which have unfolded at notre dame. open to the public, too. obviously, joining me now is james clark, professor of medieval history we are talking to you about your at the university of exeter. job, but it is clearly personal, welcome, thank you forjoining us. it has been described as a living too. tell us your personal feelings museum. talk us through some of what about notre dame cathedral, your that building has seen. it really memories of visiting as a private has stood and witnessed much of citizen as well as through the course of your work. notre dame is
france and europe's history for right at the centre of paris. it is many, france and europe's history for any france and europe's history for many, many centuries. in the middle ages, really, it was the centre an historical centre of the point of france's claim to be the geographical centre. i think it christian heart of northern europe. means so much for all of us and the it was the focal point of france's global movement we are feeling since last nights shows us that my feeling leadership of the christian is shared by everybody, so i mean it community. it's the crucible of the great university of paris, where christian learning is garnered from is shared by everybody, so i mean it is our cathedral, it is the monument the 12th century onwards. and then of paris. i am totally devastated. come in the 13th century, just as that is all i can say. the fabric we have been fearing for over the last few hours, just as thatis over the last few hours, just as the headlines on bbc news: that is going up, notre dame is the daylight reveals the extent of the damage at notre dame cathedral focus for france's claim to have a after it was engulfed by a massive fire. saint king, king louis the ninth of it took nearly 15 hours france, who in fact a gift notre to extinguish the flames, which destroyed the spire and roof, dame its south rose window. whose of the historic building. pictures from inside as the flames
fate we are now hugely anxious for. took hold show the extent of the task still ahead. hundreds of million of euros so it's a reminder that before the 19th of paris, so familiar to us, are pledged to help rebuild. with its grand boulevards and triumphal arches, paris was this central energy point of christianity in northern europe. king louis the we are hearing a police officer has ninth of france, you mentioned, who suffered serious injuries after became a saint, his shroud is in being sprayed with ammonia fluid. that building. it is not clear they have said that a number of officers went to an address whether that has survived amongst other relics there. no, that's following our call reporting a right. i heard one update suggesting domestic incident when they were sprayed with what they believe to be that was among the treasures that we re is an ammonia cleaning liquid. the that was among the treasures that were hurried out in the course of the night. absolutely, let's hope person was arrested a short time later. seven officers were taken to so. i think there's much about the the royal blackburn hospital and one fate of the glass. the south rose of them suffered serious damage to window was given by louis the ninth his eyes, throat and respiratory around 1260. it contained scenes system and remains in hospital. the
others suffered less serious from the life of christ. wonderful injuries and have since been discharged. it happened in the early 13th century art history, his story hours of this morning. a police book soup —— spokesperson said that this hated glass, telling a story, shocking incident has left an wonderful images. the suggestion that the window blew out in the officer with significant injuries. at 46—year—old man is currently blaze may imply that some of the being held on suspicion of section 18 winding. —— winding. glass can be recovered and restored and we obviously have to hope so. but these were among the finest rose windows and the finest painted glass the record for the number of people in work has once again been broken, according to official figures out to survive from high medieval this morning. there's been a big increase europe. it is thawed, looking at the in full time jobs and self—employment in the last year. pictures this morning, that the employment jumped 179,000 north rose window is largely intact in the three months to february, to 32.7 million, the highest total and not damaged and that goes all the way back. it hasn't... a to since records began in 1971. unemployment fell 27,000 to 1.34 million. survive throughout until now, so wages continue to outpace inflation. obviously we will have to see. in a group of elite prison officers, terms of other relics which are trained to deal with riots and hostage—taking, was deployed there, it's thought that they were on more than 600 occasions atjails taken out and have survived. the in england and wales last year. crown of thorns are said to be worn
that's a 60% increase in four years. byjesus at his crucifixion. most of the call—outs crown of thorns are said to be worn by jesus at his crucifixion. yes, it involved prisoners climbing is. like all the great medieval onto roofs or safety netting. churches, they became a really good the group also helped to search for ammunition and explosives. the ministry ofjustice said incidents were mainly non—violent and the deployments storehouse, a treasury of relics which were venerated throughout were often a precaution. medieval church history and, new rules have come into force to protect people who buy medication from online pharmacies. remarkably, notre dame, despite the the general pharmaceutical council has issued guidelines to websites in england, wales and scotland, after a bbc revolution, especially, has investigation uncovered poor succeeded in retaining a number of care by some providers. these and of course they are it says the measures are a "big step forward", significant certainly for christians and will help control access to addictive medication, across the world, but they have a such as strong painkillers. more than 600,000 families cultural significance too. the in england will find out later cultural significance too. the cultural significance too. the cultural significance of articles where their children have been offered a primary school that connect french people and all place for the autumn. last year, around one of us with figures of such towering in ten families missed out on theirfirst choice, but 98% got one importance as louis the ninth, this of their top three places. remarkable monarch and saint figure. primary schools have added over half a million extra places since 2010 and whatever we feel about the to meet rising demand.
spiritual significance of these objects, they are, collectively, researchers say that statin drugs pa rt objects, they are, collectively, part of our real cultural fabric and which are widely used to lower cholesterol levels, we have to do hope that some of them don't work well enough for half survived. thank you very much for the people who take them. they've followed more joining us. many are sending than 165,000 patients, publishing their findings in thejournal heart. it's thought some people don't carry out instructions properly, but there may also be a genetic reason stopping the drugs from being effective. m essa 9 es joining us. many are sending m essa g es to joining us. many are sending messages to the president of france our health correspondent, including the queen who says she is rob sissons explains. millions of people in terribly sad to see the fire and has the uk are on statins. it's medication shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke extended her admiration to the by reducing bad cholesterol. emergency services. the queen experienced herself, a fire to windsor castle. the castle is of at the university of nottingham, they've analysed the patient records course rebuild so she has lived of more than 165,000 patients through the restoration of a in the uk who didn't have a history of cardiovascular disease. symbolic and historic building and no doubt that will be going through the good news is in around her mind as she wrote her message to half the patients, 49%, there was a significant benefit emmanuel macron. we are also after taking statins. expecting a statement a little bit later from the culture minister in harmful cholesterol levels went down by at least 40%. france. we will bring you that when but the other half, 51%, it happens. saw little benefits from statins to their cholesteral levels
last night's blaze of course within two years. shocked paris to the core. the researchers say there could be thousands of ordinary parisians many reasons why some patients don't took to the streets as do as well as others. the cathedral burned. many stood together singing hymns as they watched the flames. individuals might not be following the instructions that people sing gps are giving to them. the other reason could be that there's some genetic variation that we are certainly learning a lot about now. a front—line gp involved in the latest study says closer follow—ups of patients on statins may be needed. our traditional approach is to start statins in a very light monitoring, but clearly some patients need closer monitoring and that needs to be taken into account. the british heart foundation stresses statins save lives but says if you have any concerns about your medication, you should talk about it with your gp. rob sissons, bbc news, nottingham. in a moment the weather, but first back to paris. there has been some relief this morning that notre dame hasn't been completely destroyed and donations are flowing in to restore the building. we'll leave you with images
of how it all unfolded. i can talk to the director of the unesco world heritage centre, mechtild rossler who's in paris, about the religious and architectural significance of notre dame. thank you very much. it is a world heritage site. tell us how important choral music. it is. it is one of the key world heritage sites in france and notre dame isa heritage sites in france and notre dame is a part of the world heritage site of paris, the banks of the river seine, which was then inscribed in 1991, key symbol for the whole world, not only for the christian community, but for its universality. the architectural language. and also the wonderful windows and the structural elements, so it speaks actually to all people, through literature, images. everybody has something in mind when you talk about the cathedral of notre dame. and it's also a place where the french people assemble and singing.
get together in times of crisis and we saw that last night. is a world heritage site, are you involved at choral music. this stage in assessing what the damage is and what will need to be done? of course, our director—general was on site last night. when president macron spoke. i wasn't there myself. i went back this morning to see the situation. the firefighters and so on, we are a lwa ys the firefighters and so on, we are always informed when there is a hello, again. although the weather disaster at the world heritage sites, especially in this case. we is pretty cloudy today, it set to give to the french a whole network get much sunnier and warmer over the next few days. yesterday, these are of our expertise, both at unesco and the kind of temperatures we had in our advisory bodies. the council yesterday afternoon. as we fast of monuments. both bodies created by forward to saturday, you can see the warmth showing up on the maps and unesco. so we have at our disposal the temperature is really soaring, these huge networks are very, very 19 or so the temperature is really soaring, 19 orso in the temperature is really soaring, 19 or so in belfast. ice could reach specialised experts. but, mind you, around 25 degrees in the warmest we may not be able to go into the
areas. before we get there, today is site immediately because it is very dangerous after the fire and in the areas. before we get there, today is a cloudy day. this weather front is case of rio we had to wait for two stretched diagonally across the uk. weeks. from what you have been able that is continuing to bring to glean so far, can you tell us outbreaks of rain. as the front has what has been lost and the key moved away from cornell, the cloud has broken appear and there has been sunshine. it is an improvement things that are being looked at and trajectory with the weather thought about what has been saved? south—west england with the south brighter skies moving to wales and from what you see from the outside, about two thirds of the roof was northern ireland. the men will turn lost and that means damage inside heavier and western areas of because of the fire, which went into scotland. in the east of scotland and england, there will be clwyd but the site, but a number of objects hazy spells of sunshine. overnight, have been rescued by the teams. and things will stay cloudy in most areas, the rain becoming lighter and also, i hope that this situation is not as serious as we imagined punchier in north—western areas. some mist and fog patches to watch inside, but this we need to assess out for on the hills. on wednesday, with the experts coming and being at we start to get the weather turning the disposal of the french much warmer. that trend continues on authorities. what about the stained into the easter break. looking at
glass? yes, that is one of the issues because when you have a fire, the weather in more detail, for wednesday, there could be mist and the heat, the glass can break, and fog patches first thing, but that should then break with spells of this is one of the things we need to sunshine becoming more widespread. immediately check to see what can be rescued of the existing glass. will that will help boost the temperatures, with highs up to 19 degrees in london, 15 in edinburgh. unesco contribute financially? you some of the north sea coasts capped mentioned a network of expertise. fresher thanks to the onshore wind. will it make a financial asimilarday coming contribution to the restoration?” fresher thanks to the onshore wind. a similar day coming up on thursday, think the calls were very well heard patrick lloyd first thing in the morning but sunny spells breaking last night to all the people around through widely and feeling the world to contribute to the pleasa ntly warm through widely and feeling pleasantly warm in the sunshine, safeguarding of this very important world heritage site. and there have with top temperatures in cardiff been contributions already made. expected to see 20 degrees, 15 in belfast in edinburgh. it gets warmer unesco is not a rich organisation, still through friday. the peak of as you know. we have to collect the one for many areas will be on funds ourselves but we will put at saturday, before the weather goes the disposal of the french authorities our well—known websites downhill in the north and west. cloudy, with the threat of rain by for contributions for all around the world. it sounds like you are able monday. to offer mostly expertise. is the
expertise... give us a sense of the scale of what is going to be required in terms of the workmanship and how rare the expertise is these days to reconstruct something built 850 yea rs days to reconstruct something built 850 years ago. looks, this is a very important point because france has a lot of expertise, but i think we can learn from each other. there also a nomination for the intangible heritage of the cathedrals with other countries including from germany. this is a dossier which goes next year to the intangible heritage community and it demonstrates that countries are getting together to get this craftsmanship recognised. it is also going back. so we need to really keep this expertise at the height first of all, meaning to get all the best expertise available for any reconstruction and this needs to be
done. a sound assessment of what needs to be done and what planning we can envisage. could you give any sort of estimate at this time of how long the work might take? we spoke to an archaeologist earlier. obviously, he was just looking at it in the way we all are, but he was estimating that it could potentially be 2—3 years, which doesn't sound like a very long when you think of the scale of the potential damage. absolutely. unesco has long experience with many international campaigns. we just celebrated the 50th anniversary of the rescue campaign, works still going on since 1992, so i would be very, very careful to give any estimations. that depends totally on what is required, which is the first assessment analysis, what that will do, and how the planning is going and it will depend on the influx of
we will rebuild. support, financial and expertise. thank you very much indeed for france's president vows to return talking to us. the director of world the historic notre dame cathedral to its former glory heritage at unesco. we will of as an investigation course keep you updated and there is plenty of coverage on the website as is launched into last well but right now we will take a night's devastating blaze. millions of euros have look at the weather. already been pledged — as firefighters are praised for their actions, preventing a disaster which could have been so much worse singing. temperatures are set to pick up from tomorrow and into the easter after a night of shock and despair — weekend. some of us will see relief that the main structure of the iconic building temperatures as high as 25 celsius. remains intact. some patchy outbreaks of rain around translation: the whole fire is out. today. it is pushing its way east now we are investigating but it will not make a great deal of and a set of experts is analysing all the structures progress. driverfurther north, to establish what we do next to consolidate the building. emergency teams managed to rescue valuable artwork sunny spells and one or two showers and religious items — including what is said to be for cornwall and devon. a fairly breezy wind in the north—east, just taking the temperatures of with the
hello this is bbc newsroom live. i'm joanna gosling. the headlines: daylight reveals the extent of the damage at notre dame cathedral, after it was engulfed by a massive fire. authorities say it appears to have been an accident, not arson. it took nearly 15 hours to extinguish the flames, which destroyed the spire and two—thirds of the roof of the 850—year—old building pictures from inside, as the flames took hold show the extent of the task still ahead. it's feared some of the cathedral‘s priceless stained glass
windows have not survived. as efforts continue to rescue the treasures, hundreds of millions of euros are pledged to help rebuild. translation:. we will rebuild this cathedral altogether. thousands of parisians gathered in the streets, singing hymns and praying, as the symbol of their city burned. the queen says she is deeply saddened by the fire. sport now, here's holly hamilton. good morning. billy vunipola has been given a "formal warning" by the rugby football union after the england number eight defended an australian player's social media post claiming "hell awaits" gay people. let's get more on this now from our rugby union correspondent chrisjones. what has the rfu said?
well, the rfu have had a meeting with billy vunipola. the rfu officials at the meeting with the interim chief executive and their head of discipline, david barnes. he has been issued with a formal warning and this warning will stay on his record forfive warning and this warning will stay on his record for five years, warning and this warning will stay on his record forfive years, so warning and this warning will stay on his record for five years, so any disciplinary hearings that come up in that time could come up against billy vunipola if he does have issues in the next five years. the rfu say that he expresses regret that he understood the hurt and offence he has caused by his defence offence he has caused by his defence of isreal folau, and he added that man was made for women to prove —— to procreate, in his own post. he
has been reminded of his responsibility as our face in the game. his views come from the interpretation. manchester united travel to barcelona needing to overturn a 1—0 deficit if they're to win their champions league quarter—final. it'll be the first time united manager ole gunnar solskjaer has played or managed at the ground since scoring the winning goal for them in the 1999 final against bayern munich. patrick gearey reports. people cross the world to visit barcelona. it attracts guests for its weather, its culture, it's sheer theatre. it's less welcoming if you need to win a football match in there. that's manchester united's reason for visiting. but then they have their own history here. in stoppage time in the camp nou 1999, united scored twice to beat bayern munich and win the european cup. a defining night not least
for the man who got the second and now manages them. what better place to re—connect to a glorious past? sometimes people have said to me it has to be our year because it's 20 years ago, i used to play with number 20, we're back at camp nou. but to go through, we have to perform and we have to deserve it. you can't just say we're just going to rely on faith, no. united's1—0 defeat at old trafford last week means they must come to this imposing place and win. something no team has done in the champions league in nearly 6 years. plus, barcelona rested most of their stars at the weekend. so, the likes of lionel messi, perhaps the world's best, will be fresh. at least united can draw on recent memory. they beat paris saint—germain 3—1 away from home in the last round. we've seen ourselves against psg that we can get back from being 2—0 down against a fantastic team. of course, historically, barcelona is the best,
say the last ten years, so we know it's going to be a massive effort. but the players have shown it before. in this cavernous place, they must do it again. united will need another famous night as they face one of football's greatest tests. barnsley have made a complaint complained to the english football league and fa following an alleged incident involving their manager, daniel stendel, and fleetwood boss joey barton. barnsley are assisting south yorkshire police with enquiries. it was alleged by barnsley player cauley woodrow on twitter that barton physically assaulted stendel in the tunnel. woodrow later deleted the tweet. that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. that's bbc.co.uk/sport. let's return to the fire at the notre—dame cathedral.
the culture minister is arriving to see the scene for themselves. emmanuel macron went there last night. he was due to make an address and he postponed that as he went to deal with the fire. he spoke last night. sorry these pictures are cutting out, not a great signal. they are surrounded by firefighters, 500 firefighters were involved in the effort to protect that please burn for nearly 15 hours. this morning... this stone in the building is intact, the stone structure, but it is the huge amount of wood that was inside the building that has been almost entirely
destroyed. two thirds of the roof, we understand, was destroyed. whether the remaining third can be salvaged has to be seen, but it was an extraordinary amount of wood that was used for that structure. 52 and two thirds of wood apparently in all, 1300 trees. it has been saved by one expert that there are no trees big enough any more to replace the beams that came from ancient forests it hundred and 50 years ago. it has been speculated that they will need to use some kind of new technology instead to replace the roof, but obviously this is all speculation at this case. the assessment still needs to be made as to exactly what the damages and what the restoration will be. amazingly, journalists were allowed inside the building in the early hours of this morning and they were able to take
these pictures. you can see in these images, you can see the cross still in the middle and the building inside, including the church pews and large parts of it at least looking 0k, the church pews and large parts of it at least looking ok, but obviously a huge amount of damage as well. that is something that is going to take some time to ascertain. we were staying there at the culture minister and the ginger interior minister. we are expecting them to speak and we will bring them in as soon as we them to speak and we will bring them in as soon as we can. them to speak and we will bring them in as soon as we can. let's speak in the meantime to one of the chief architects of the historic monument service in paris.
you must be exhausted. i don't know ifiam you must be exhausted. i don't know if i am exhausted, but i am devastated. it is such a loss and we would never expect that something like this could happen with notre dame so we are all totally devastated, but we are very moved by all those sympathy, by all the m essa g es we all those sympathy, by all the messages we are receiving, so thank you to all of you. what has gone? obviously, it appears that all the upper part of the building, the woodwork, the timber framework, upper part of the building, the woodwork, the timberframework, has disappeared. it is a medieval
structure. also the 19th—century would inspire that was built at the centre of the roof. the woodwork has totally disappeared and also the roofing materials, which were the original material, and led, which was often used for cathedrals, and it has disappeared. what about the stained glass windows? so, i think we have two control and analyse this, but it seems that this morning we have quite a positive understanding of the situation regarding the stained glasses,
merely the 13th century stained glasses from the south rules, which is quite famous. but now it is a long process to control and analyse how it is exactly. superficially it looks 0k, how it is exactly. superficially it looks ok, but you will need to get up looks ok, but you will need to get up close and see if there are cracks? exactly. and the artefacts inside? did they manage to take everything away? sue, the situation is that the woodwork is burnt and the major beams collapsed over the vaults. the main sky collapsed and it went through the stone vaulting, so it means we are facing destruction on the upper part of the building, but also on the inside and
obviously we have to go through all the chapels and find out in what condition are all the pictures and paintings and so on. you are the chief architect of historic monuments in paris. this place must stand ina monuments in paris. this place must stand in a category of its own, what is there is irreplaceable. it can be reconstructed, but it can never be fully restored, obviously. this is probably the major philosophical issue, how will we repair, restore notre dame cathedral? will we try to recreate exactly how it was before the fire? which means the 13th and
19th century structures. do we have to use also contemporary techniques? that is the debate that we will start to develop right now. do you have a favoured option at this stage? thank you for asking the question, but i think it has to be a global decision made by the french minister of culture. probably today we can say that it has such symbolic value that probably there would be movement to sustain our recreation which is very close to its original features, i guess. there was a restoration project under way and there has been a lot said about the
state of disrepair of the building. controversy over funding, the desire not to close the building to the public. do you feel any anger about those issues? i mean, i'm not sure that i'd totally understood your question i think a large cathedral in great britain or in france, it is a lwa ys in great britain or in france, it is always under repair. these are such large structures. they need to be maintained every day. notre dame cathedral has to be repaired. it is a place for worship and it has to be open to the public, too. obviously,
we are talking to you about yourjob but it is clearly personal to you. tell us your personal feelings about notre dame, your memories of visiting as a private citizen as well as through the course of your work. notre dame is right at the centre of paris. it is the historical centre and it is the geographical centre. i think it means so much for all of us and the global movement we are feeling since last nights shows us that my feeling is shared by everybody so i mean it is shared by everybody so i mean it is our cathedral, it is the monument of paris and, i mean, i am totally devastated, that's all i can say. i
have been crying since last night. it is just terrible. have been crying since last night. it isjust terrible. i'm sorry. thank you forjoining us. thank you, goodbye. we are expecting that statement from the culture minister and if we can bring it to you we will. in the meantime we will have a business update shortly and the headlines right now. daylight reveals the extent of the damage at notre dame cathedral, after it was engulfed by a massive fire. it took nearly 15 hours to extinguish the flames, which destroyed the spire and two—thirds of the roof, of the 850—year—old building pictures from inside, as the flames took hold show the extent of the task still ahead. hundreds of million of euros are pledged to help rebuild.
more than 100 climate change activists have been arrested for blocking roads in central london amid protests which broug ht the capital to a standstill. a second day of disruption is expected as campaigners camped overnight at waterloo bridge, parliament square and oxford circus. police ordered them to restrict their protest to marble arch after causing widespread disruption on monday. unemployment fell by 27,000 in the three months to february to 1.34 million, according to the latest official figures from the office for national statistics. average earnings, including bonuses, rose by an 3.5% in the three months to february, in line with expectations. a focus on younger consumers has helped jd sports to buck the retail gloom and report record results. the sportswear retailer said pre—tax profits rose 15.4% to £339.9 million in the year to february.
its chairman, peter cowgill, told the bbc the business stayed in tune with the millennials and generation z. more on that latest update on the jobs market this morning. the latest figures show that unemployment fell by 27,000 in the three months to february to 1.34 million. the number of people in work remained virtually unchanged at a record high of 32.7 million. ruth gregory, senior uk economist at capital, joins me now. good morning to you. what do you make of these figures? what does it tell us about the way the economy is heading? the labour market has shown little sign of flagging. 179,000 more people in work, and that is driven by employees and full—time
workers. the unemployment rate remained at its lowest rate since 1975 at 3.9%. i think the recent strength in the labour market to reflect firms offering opting to hire more workers rather than opt for more costly investment projects. that is maybe not too surprising given the uncertain times. it is easier to reverse apparent decisions thanit easier to reverse apparent decisions than it is to reverse the purchase of machinery. despite present uncertainty, the recent strength in the labour market statements to be the labour market statements to be the cost of the prolonged period of brexit uncertainty. we often talk about uncertainty means firms will put apparently staff or expanding their business, but you are saying it is quite flexible to take on fire staff rather than spending loads of money on fancy new machines. yes, that's right. given the six—month
delay to brexit, we may see a continuation of the next six months. it is unlikely that the labour market will stay quite as strong. investment should eventually pick up and employment growth slow. we would expect employment growth to slow a nyway expect employment growth to slow anyway as the pool or pond use labour dries up. we would expect the employment figures further ahead to be not quite as buoyant. earnings are something that we look at quite closely. that tells us whether we are getting more money in our pocket. firms have start to offer more because of that. wage growth has grown to 3.5%, a decade high. high salt have been in a stronger financial position than they have been for some time. this might be as good as it gets for consumers this
year, though, given rising energy bills and the higher prices of fuel at the pumps. that may renew the squeeze on consumer spending power further ahead. what happens next? given that we have the six—month extension to brexit, two from start to unlock that reluctance to hire or invest? i think we will see a continuation of the current trends. reluctant to invest but probably hiring more workers. employment growth is unlikely to slow particularly quickly in the next few months. the pent—up investment should be released and employment should be released and employment should start to grow. thank you for talking to us. thank you for talking to us. in other business stories we're following, online retail giant amazon's website is flooded with fake five—star reviews for products from brands it's never heard of, according to uk
consumer group which? it says thousands of the reviews were unverified, meaning there was no evidence the reviewer even bought the product. amazon says it's using automated technology to spot and remove false reviews. the misery is continuing for thousands of jet airways passengers and staff. the indian airline appears to be on the brink of collapse. its board is meeting right now to see if it can find a way to keep the carrier flying after it was refused more cash by its lenders on monday. the airline has more than $1.2 billion in debt. lufthansa has announced it made a $380 million loss for the first three months of the year. the german carrier blamed higher fuel costs and rising competition for its disappointing numbers. however, it was optmistic it would return to profit in the three months tojune because of strong demand in asia and north america.
shares in construction firm galliford try fell 20% at the start of trading after the firm issued a profit warning. the company, whose activities include house—building and roads, says profits will be £30 million to £40 million lower than the expected £156 million. jd sports is on the board there after that great set of figures, its shares are up by nearly 5%. that's all the business news. there has been deep shock at the far at notre dame cathedral last night. it ran for 15 hours. it has not been com pletely it ran for 15 hours. it has not been completely extinguished but it has
caused a huge amount of damage. the wooden structure inside the stone building was almost completely destroyed. it was a structure dating back more than 800 years. the wood that was used in the building was taken from medieval forests and all of that has now gone. let's hear now from cardinal vincent nichols. as i watched last night, i was deeply shocked, very deeply shocked. ijust felt alongside the people who lined the streets of paris and share their tea rs, the streets of paris and share their tears, actually, because here was a cathedral that for 850 years overlooked the whole life of paris and france and stood for so much. it was being consumed by flames in front of our eyes. i think i was as shocked as people all over the world
to see this moment of great tragedy and to feel so helpless. the queen has also sent a message of condolence. she has her own experience of the fire at windsor castle in what she called her annus horribilis. now it's time for a look at the weather. temperatures are set to rise through the second half of this weekend into the second half of this weekend into the easter weekend. today is looking fairly cloudy for most. we have some patchy outbreaks of rain in the west. you can see that here on the readerfrom earlier. it is gradually working its way east, but with high—pressure dominating it will not make its way that far. through this afternoon there is a fair amount of cloud around, further outbreaks of rainfor cloud around, further outbreaks of rain for western scotland and northern ireland, feeding on and western parts of the midlands and
perhaps into south—west england later. one or two showers for devon and cornwall police dryer weather for eastern scotland and eastern england. it is fairly breezy, particularly on the north sea coast and that will take the edge of the temperatures. we are looking to perhaps 15 celsius. through this evening and overnight, the rain will turn to fizzle out. it could linger for a time across western parts of scotland, becoming dry across england and wales with some clear spells. temperatures not dropping too far. overnight lows between four and eight celsius. that could be some who fog developing in south—east wales and southern england. temperature starting to pick up as we move into tomorrow. there is an area of high pressure still dominating our brother. we are dragging in the wind from the south—east. therefore, the temperatures will start to pick up.
we could see a few patches of mr pope first thing tomorrow, but the upper left and then we are looking ata upper left and then we are looking at a largely dry day with sunshine and areas of clwyd. there is the chapter one or two showers were part of the midlands and south—east england. the temperatures at a maximum of around 90 celsius, but cooler on the north sea coast. there brings a bit of mist and fog to start the day. another fine, dry day with some china patchy cloud. temperatures on thursday will start to pick up a touch further with highs of 20 celsius. on the north sea coast temperatures will pick up as well, but cooler than they would be away from the coast. easter weekend, dry, fine weather to begin, temperatures picking up a touch further as well, but the chance of seeing something a little bit more u nsettled seeing something a little bit more unsettled sunday into monday. goodbye.
you're watching bbc newsroom live. these are today's main stories at midday. daylight reveals the extent of the damage at notre dame cathedral after it was engulfed by a massive fire. authorities say it appears to have been an accident, not arson. it took nearly 15 hours to extinguish the flames, which destroyed the spire and two—thirds of the roof, of the historic building. pictures from inside, as the flames took hold, show the extent of the task still ahead. it's feared some of the cathedral‘s priceless stained glass windows have not survived. as efforts continue to rescue the treasures, hundreds of millions of euros are pledged to help rebuild. translation: we were able to build this cathedral more than 800 years ago. so i say to you very solemnly, we will rebuild this cathedral altogether. people sing.
thousands of parisians gathered in the streets, as the symbol of their city burned. the queen says she's deeply saddened by the fire. good morning. let's go live to paris and a statement by the french culture minister and a french interior minister . they've done a remarkablejob, the police force. you must now know that
more than 20 personnel from the ministry, i salute their bravery. they have sacrificed their lives to safeguard the building and the edifice this morning, we know that 15 minutes later they have managed... and i thank them and now the commissioner will say a few words. i pay homage to all the firefighters and the personnel who we re firefighters and the personnel who were mobilised in the operations yesterday and today. the artefacts since last night, we have managed to safeguard and protect and remove the a rtefa cts to safeguard and protect and remove the artefacts to paris and i would like to ask the mayor of paris and also the firefighters and the architects, so that they can secure their tunic
of saint louis. with regards to the treasures, they were put in a safe place and either today or tomorrow but as soon as possible. with regard to the paintings of notre dame, the big ones, they cannot be retrieved until friday morning. but as far as iam until friday morning. but as far as i am concerned, they are not damaged. there is a little bit of smoke, and then we will transfer them to a secure place in the louvre museum. they will be protected, preserved and restored. i would like to add that come with regard to the a rtefa cts , to add that come with regard to the artefacts, there is the north and south windows, they have not been damaged in a big way. with regard to the west rosettes, if we can anticipate to retrieve it on friday,
to retrieve them, we will do it but the priority for security and it's up the priority for security and it's up to the firefighters to guide us to do this. the chief architect in charge of paris buildings and heritage buildings have mobilised other teams from the culture minister, to make sure, alongside the firefighters of paris, like the state secretary has said, there has to be some vigilance, especially with regard to the north part of the building. so there are key holes, one was linked to the collapse of the spire. and last night, the north
roof was damaged. with the help of the paris firefighters we are trying to find a way to preserve the part of the belfry in the south. we have met these people, about 500 firefighters engaged, talking about this operation. as long as the alert was sounded. translation: firefighters from paris, they were supported from surrounding areas. i salute their courage and determination. of course, they are tired, but they have fought the fire with courage and determination. they fought the fire internally and externally. thank you very much.
there you have the latest news from the ministers here in paris. having entered inside the notre dame cathedral, which still stands proudly here in paris today, damaged but still standing. from 8am, this morning, they went in to look at the damage and there were some good news, that the structure is still sound. the paintings of notre dame, the magnificent paintings, they are also not damaged. there has been some smoke that has affected them, but they do believe they will be able to take the paintings out and protect them until the day when they can return to this cathedral that so many had vowed to rebuild. the priority now, says the junior interior minister in the next 48 hours, is to secure the structure,
to secure the roof behind us. you can see the scaffolding and renovation work are still there. the fire began, that huge inferno began yesterday, as the sun was setting in paris, the roof has gone but still they want to secure it before the experts can go into do a proper inventory of what still left inside but was damaged and what needs to be repaired. both the interior and the culture ministers paid tribute to the determination and to the bravery of more than 500 firefighters who battled in dangerous conditions, and urgent conditions and also the personnel of the interior ministry who were there to try to secure this magnificent cathedral, long seen as the embodiment of paris and now is on the minds of so many people around the world. nine centuries of gothic history were destroyed, but not all is gone. the two square
gothic towers still stands. some of the smaller spires still saw here on a grey and grieving day in paris. but the biggest spire was toppled. let's look at the momentous events of the past 24—hour is here in paris with the support from richard lister. rufus, smokes god but still standing. there were times over night when many feared this ancient cathedral would not survive the inferno. but those assessing the damage today are now confident the fire is fully out. translation: the whole fire is out. now we are investigating a effective expert is analysing all the structures to establish what we do next to consolidate the building. structures to establish what we do next to consolidate the buildingm was a call to the fire, flames racing through the medieval roof so dense with timber it was known as
the forest. the scaffolding in place for renovation work was also at risk of collapse. it stayed up but so much more was lost. when the central spire finally succumbed to the flames, it seemed to rip the heart from the building. the shock on the face of president macron spoke for all of those looking on. four fire crews come it was all of those looking on. four fire crews come it was a all of those looking on. four fire crews come it was a nightmare race against is all consuming inferno. the height of the cathedral made it almost impossible to get enough water where it was needed. some two thirds of the roof was eventually lost. people sing. overnight, christians kept a vigil around the streets around the notre dame
cathedral filled with morning. translation: hundreds of people died to build cathedrals and then here is their memory too. it hurts to see that. translation: it is sad that a monument like this burns. it is very sad. one of the great monuments of france. translation: i studied history and it was very important for me to come and see. maybe for one last time before she was no longer there. notre dame has been at the heart of french national life for almost six centuries. it's wherejoan of arc was declared a saint and napoleon became an emperor. today, though, it's scorched untroubled stream, most of its treasures taken to safety. there are years of restoration ahead. the european council calls on all eu countries to help with that process. at stake
here is something more thanjust material help. the burning of the notre dame cathedral has again made us aware notre dame cathedral has again made us aware that we are bound by something more important and more profound than treaties. the french billionaire has pledged 100 million euros for the restoration effort. the prime minister was meeting his cabinet today to draw up a reconstruction plan and knows that france will be watching. surveys of the building are already under way. it was initially suggested the fire may have been caused by building work at the cathedral. questions remain about that, though, and about why a better plan for dealing with a fire on this scale was not in place. richard lister, bbc news. this cathedral has been hailed
around the world as the heritage of humanity. magnificent gothic architecture which took 200 years to build and yet, injust hours, so much of it was lost. we heard from thejunior interior much of it was lost. we heard from the junior interior ministerjust how fragile that moment was. he said it was a question of 15 minutes or half an hour had it not been for the brave firefighters, 500 people strong, notre dame behind us would not be standing so proudly. and there are still some points of vulnerability which is why all the roads around this magnificent cathedral have now been shut off. an attraction which used to get 30 million visitors a year is now visited here all along the banks of the river seine. people are coming today just to gaze the river seine. people are coming todayjust to gaze at the river seine. people are coming today just to gaze at the the river seine. people are coming todayjust to gaze at the our lady of paris. and perhaps to heave a sigh that it is still standing and
there are vowels for president macron from european leaders, from people around the world, to help rebuild something which has been such a part of paris and is now being described as one of the most famous buildings in the world. we will have special coverage throughout the day here on the banks of the river seine in the shadow of our lady of paris. studio: just to bring you up—to—date with another significant donation to the restoration fund. we hear the old complete hotel is going to be giving 100 million euros. —— oil company giving 100 million euros. —— oil com pa ny totale. giving 100 million euros. —— oil company totale. another french billionaire donating 200 million euros, so that fund already at 400 million eurosjust euros, so that fund already at 400 million euros just with those donations and many individuals are going to be donating but at this